VSI Alliance Announcement – COVID-19 list of useful resources May 2020

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

Governance, Legal Framework and Structure – Things to think about during COVID-19 Pandemic
You may have already adapted some of the work you carry out. You might even have had to consider a total change to your services. Your management committee, directors or trustees have a responsibility to ensure that your organisation does what it was set up to do, has enough money and works within the law. Here are a few things to think about to ensure you are working effectively and with good governance.

Calderdale News & Information

Frequently Asked Questions for Vulnerable Residents
These frequently asked questions (FAQs) have been put together to help people understand what help is available during these difficult times.

Local Coronavirus Testing for Essential Workers and Their Households
If your organisation employs essential workers who are self-isolating they, and members of their household, can now apply to get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) at the local drive-through testing hub in Halifax.

Together in Halifax
Woolshops Halifax has put this health and wellbeing pack together to highlight some of the local charities and services providing mental health support and access to essential supplies.
Regional/National News & Information

Coronavirus Scam Alert Issue #6
West Yorkshire Trading Standards has seen an increase in the number of COVID-19 related scams. See what scams are trending currently.

Making the Government’s COVID-19 Support Schemes Work Better for Charities
Many of the business support measures are open to charities, but they are designed in ways that actually restrict access. Elizabeth Chamberlain explains the improvements that are being pushed.


A Funding Cliff Edge?
This fourth briefing reflects the experiences of 28 charities shared between 17 and 23 April 2020, and reflections on the questions and opportunities for funders that this raises.

Food Safety for Community Cooking and Food Banks
Hygiene and allergy advice from the Food Standards Agency for individuals and groups preparing meals to share in their community.

Shadow Minister for Voluntary Sector and Charities to Hold Weekly Surgeries
The surgeries will create opportunities for organisations to share their experiences of the current crisis and how they will need support to continue to provide services to their communities.

The Role of Trustees at a Time of Crisis
Blog from Stephen Cahill about the 6 P’s framework (Purpose, Perspective, Pounds, People, Practicality and Positivity).

Funding News & Resources

COVID-19 Funding Available Via Calderdale Council
Many Voluntary and Community Sector organisations in Calderdale can claim grants made available by the government in response to the coronavirus emergency. These are being administrated by the Calderdale Council Business Rates team.

Energy Redress Fund
Charities that support vulnerable energy consumers or have innovative ideas that will benefit energy customers are being invited to apply for shares of £13m of funding.


Enterprise Relief Fund
The Prince’s Trust and NatWest have set up an Enterprise Relief Fund, offering grants that can be used to maintain core business costs, as well as to meet any existing financial commitments such as invoices from suppliers and essential equipment.

Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund
The Freelands Foundation has announced a £1.5 million Emergency Fund as part of a landmark commitment of £3m towards emergency funds for artists and freelance creative practitioners across the UK in urgent need of financial support as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grants Online: Latest Information on COVID-19 Funding
Since the last e-update, there have been some important updates with regards to funding being made available to help with the impact that COVID-19 is having on local communities and organisations that are helping local people.

Youth Endowment Fund COVID-19 Grant Round
The Youth Endowment Fund’s new £6.5m COVID-19 grant round will fund and evaluate work which supports vulnerable young people in at risk of youth violence, and that can be delivered whilst adhering to UK government social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines.

About VSI Alliance:

All staff at the VSI Alliance are available remotely to support you and your organisation at this time with various aspects of your work, along with providing key information and resources. For support/advice, please contact info@vsialliance.org.uk, or see below contact information.

We can support you with:

  • Organisational development
  • Social enterprise, business development and asset transfer
  • Governance
  • All aspects of establishing a new group or organisation
  • Quality assurance including Quality For Health
  • Safeguarding support
  • Fundraising and income generation
  • Partnership working
  • Specialist financial advice and services
  • Volunteering brokerage and development
  • Engagement Champions
  • Voice and representation of the VCS sector

Contact information:

Delivery Manager, food banks and Sowerby/Ryburn area – contact Jayne Leech: jayne.leech@vsialliance.org.uk

Funding, business planning and any groups in Upper Valley – contact Pat Akerman: pat.akerman@vsialliance.org.uk

Engagement Champions – contact Nikkie Dooley and Jayne O’Connell nikkie.dooley@cvac.org.uk / jayne.o’connell@cvac.org.uk

Communication – e-bulletin/social media – contact Jake Farrar: jake.farrar@vsialliance.org.uk

Volunteering support and any groups in Central Halifax – contact Charlie Johnston: charlie.johnston@vsialliance.org.uk

Organisational development – any groups in North Halifax – contact Rachel Shaw: rachel.shaw@vsialliance.org.uk

Organisational development – any groups in Lower Valley – contact Olivia Swingler: olivia.swingler@vsialliance.org.uk

Locality specialist support – contact Sophie Michelena: sophie.michelena@vsialliance.org.uk

WYCAS: specialist financial advice – contact Helen Galvin: helen.galvin@vsialliance.org.uk

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